LJS 17: 8 Jazz Records You Need To Listen To


Welcome to episode 17 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 8 jazz records you need to listen to. Our host of the LJS Podcast, Brent Vaartstra, talks about his favorite jazz albums that have stood the test of time, and invites you to chime in with yours. Listen in!

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In this episode

  1. Hank Mobley “Soul Station”

      • Favorite track: Remember.

  2. Cannonball and Coltrane

      • Favorite track: Weaver of Dreams.

  3. Oliver Nelson “The Blues and the Abstract Truth”

      • Favorite track: Hoe Down.

  4. Kurt Rosenwinkel “Deep Song”

      • Favorite track: The Next Step.

  5. Brad Mehldau “Art of the Trio 4”

      • Favorite track: I’ll Be Seeing You.

  6. Sonny Rollins “The Bridge”

      • Favorite track: The Bridge.

  7. Stan Getz and Kenny Barron “People Time”

      • Favorite track: East of the Sun.

  8. Max Roach “Members Don’t Get Weary”

      • Favorite track: Absolutions.

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What are your favorite jazz albums? Leave us a comment below.

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Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publications "500 Jazz Licks" and "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." To learn more, visit www.brentvaartstra.com.


  1. I recommend listening to Just Jazz from Aldo Romano released on 2008. Great european jazz ! Check out the song called Cité Soleil. There is an amazing live recording of this song in Porquerolles that can be found on youtube. Check out the solo of Géraldine Laurent, one of the most talented alto sax player ! Hope that you will enjoy.